The growing season is off and running for this year. The greens have come out great and the new Jacobsen Eclipse 322 greensmowers are a tremendous hit with everyone. The quality of cut is unlike anything that I have seen in my career. The greens are smoother than they have ever been which our golfers are definitely noticing. We are experimenting with heights of cut and frequency of clip to provide faster greens speeds. I think it is going to be an exciting year at The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay.
The grass is not the only area at the golf course which is getting a new look for this year. After several years of loosing blue bird eggs and hatchlings to the long arms of our resident raccoons our wonderful volunteer blue bird monitors from the Friends of Harrison Bay State Park have devised a plan to thwart their evil ways. Following a predator deterrent model in the Tennessee Conservationist magazine, they made simple but affective wire tube extenders which prohibit the raccoon from reaching into the nest. Hopefully this will eliminate the lose of the eggs and hatchlings from now on.